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Michael William Flinner
Facts of the Crime:
Flinner became the lover of the 18-year-old victim Tamra Keck. He then took out a $500,000 life insurance policy on her claiming she was a key employee of his failing landscaping business, when in fact she did little work. He hired one of his laborers, Haron Ontiveros, to kill the victim. On June 11, 2000, Ontiveros did so by luring her to a remote location and shooting her in the back of the head. Ontiveros and Flinner were tried simultaneously before separate juries. The San Diego County jury returned a life-without-parole sentence against Ontiveros, and a death sentence against Flinner on March 29, 2004. Flinner had a prior rape conviction. His defense claimed he had mental problems.